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Introduction Hat Basics The Anatomy of a Hat Types of Hats Measuring Head Circumference Making a Simple Hat Form The Patterns North America Canada- Deerstalker Hat United States- Cowboy Hat, Baseball Cap South America Peru- Hut Hat Bolivia- Derby Ecuador- Panama Africa Congo- Raffia Pillbox Nigeria- Gourd Baby Bonnet, Yoruba Bird Cameroon- Feathered Headdress, Ruffled Dignity Continental Europe Spain- Cordobes with Scarf Italy- Gondolier's Boater France- Frontire Netherlands- Renaissance Beret Germany- Hunter's Fedora United Kingdom England- King Edward VI Brimmed Beret Scotland- Glengarry Ireland- Cable Braid Scandinavia Finland- Soft Winter Snowflakes Lapland- Four Winds Hat, Zig-Zag Stocking Hat Northern and Central Asia Russia- Cossack, Big Cossack Kazakhstan- Velvet Pillbox Afghanistan- Beaded Cloche, Pakul Pakistan- Striped Baby Hat Asia China- Xinjiang Baby Hat, Peasant Hat, Knot-Topped Calotte Thailand- Folded Bloom Japan- Dancer's Hat, Samurai Kabuto

About the Author

Vicki Square of Fort Collins, Colorado, learned to knit from her grandmother more than 30 years ago and has been designing her own garments ever since. Her designs have been both self-published and featured in Spin-Off and Fashion Knitting magazines. She won the 1990 National Knitting contest sponsored by Fashion Knitting and has shown her pieces in juried art shows in Colorado, Oregon and Illinois. Vicki has taught knitting for more than ten years, as well as painting and drawing at Colorado State University.


No. 112, Jun 06

A lively and colourful collection of hat patterns, inspired from around the world. It includes simple shapes like berets, cloches and pill boxes, through cowboy hats which are felted and shaped on a hat form, to zany creations such as the four winds hat, with four separate points, or the samurai kabuto based on a samurai warrior's helmet. the gondolier's boater is made from around 50 feet (16m) of I-cord, which is then coiled around a hat form; the Yoruba bird has a knitted stuffed bird perched on the top of the hat. Even if you don't want to make a hat, this is a fun book to browse through. A separate section gives instructions on how to measure a head to ensure your hat will fit well, and how to make a block for shaping hats.

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No. 82, 2006

This book has 32 different knitting patterns for hats from around the world, from North America right round to Asia, ranging from the simple to the more advanced. There is an introduction to hat basics, including an illustration of different types of hats and an indication of how to correctly measure head circumference, as well as a guide to the stitch techniques you'll need to know, allowing you to create some very original hats for winter. Really excellent design adaptation.

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